Jan Bell: Home
Jan Bell has engaged audiences both sides of The Atlantic from Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival to Glastonbury - solo and with her band THE MAYBELLES.
Featured in The Village Voice; Nashville Scene; GO NYC; Americana UK; NOW Toronto, 3rd Coast Music; New Orleans City Life; Musician's Atlas. Along the way opening the show for Emmylou Harris, Wanda Jackson, Odetta, Steve Earle, & The Be Good Tanyas.
Enchantingly fusing Anglo-Americana sounds Jan Bell has a wonderful knack of breathing new life into time worn folk tales and rare used human stories 4 STARS - Maverick Magazine, UK
It could be 1925 and the Appalachians! A cool clear harmony and narrative driven by the simple guitar cycle and the ghostly violin. Taut vocals and beautiful instrumentation. Americana UK.
Making waves in the home of country, from a Yorkshire coal mining background whose roots still show...A latter day Loretta Lynn. The Times, London UK.
A beautiful blend of old timey folk and alt. country 4 1/2 STARS American Roots UK
THUMBS UP! Fetching British American album. fRoots.
A strong argument in favour of keeping the album format alive 4 STARS R2 Rock n Reel, UK
It’s not a stretch to imagine future generations of Americana musicians referencing the Jan Bell versions of many of these songs: this album secures her place among the finest and most individualistic musicians in that world. New York Music Daily
NYC shows often include special guests from the thriving Brooklyn country music community. Philippa Thompson steps in regularly on Mandolin, washboard, and the Saw; Megan Palmer, now in Nashville plays violin or piano; Katy Stone (banjo); and May 'bro' Tim Luntzel on upright bass. Past members of The Maybelles as well - Hilary Hawke (banjo), Katy Rose Cox (violin), and founding member Melissa Carper (upright bass) step in when not on tour, or are back in Brooklyn.
Tina, Katy, Philippa, & Jan - Governor's Island Opening Day, NYC*
Bill Monroe's 'With Body and Soul' Live at Joe's Pub, NYC
Jan spent several years traveling the back roads of North America and was introduced to the American Folk communtiy by Jason Eklund. New Orleans, the Ozarks, Oregon, New Mexico and Colorado were all Home to them. In 2000 Jan settled in a neighborhood by The Brooklyn Bridge known as Dumbo (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), and put together her first country band. Since then she has made six albums, solo and as band leader of The Maybelles. Accompaniment tends to comprise violin, banjo, upright bass, piano, and/or lap steel.
With Rima Fand and Megan Palmer at Dreamaway Lodge.
Highlights 2010 - 2014
First time in mainland Europe! A packed house in Berlin; and a Live broadcast overlooking the city on Amsterdam FM.
Following a UK string of dates opening for Will Scott - Americana UK 9 out of 10 review, lists his cover of Jan Bell's 'Right to Love' as a stand out track.
UK Tour with Will Scott, including Glastonbury Festival!
Joe's Pub, NYC - packed house with The Sweetback Sisters
Make Music New York with Baby Gramps.
Singing at Weddings! New Orleans in the Marigny & a 9th Century Church in Sussex, England
Duets with Jolie Holland - Dumbo Arts Festival, City Winery, NYC. World Cafe, Philadelphia.
Brooklyn Arts Council September 11th memorial Sing at Powerhouse, DUMBO.
HIGHLIGHTS 2004 - 2009
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, 'The Real Deal' Songwriters In the Round on the Masters Stage with Claire Lynch, and The Gibson Brothers.
Americana UK Feature Interview.
Opening for Steve Earle in NYC
Tribute album to EC Ball, singing alongside Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas) and Jolie Holland.
Signs with Charisma Artist Agency.
Opening for FERRON in NYC, and ODETTA in the Ozarks.
Top 3 Albums Country Music Radio UK Hosted by Gail Comfort.
Independent Music Awards 8th Annual Best Alt. Country Album.
Brooklyn Country Music Hall of Fame for 'Unending support of Country Music'
International Bluegrass Music Awards, IBMA Nashville - Official Artist
Village Voice TOP 10 Folk Albums
1st place WINNER New Orleans City Life Singer/Songwriter
WINNER New Jersey Folk Festival Singer Songwriter
Top 3 Albums of the year CMR Nashville, UK
Mayor Bloomberg Award for Women in Business, NYC
Superfine cites Jan Bell and Little Red Hen Music in receipt of the Award.
MacDowell Colony 100 year celebration in Central Park
Audience Award Title Track in Malibu Film Festival 'Between the Bridges'
Emerging Leadership Institute at APAP (Arts Presenters and Performers, NYC Annual Convention 2011)
WINNER! Independent Music Awards for Alt. Country Album of the year 2008
Made in Brooklyn and produced by Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), the album was chosen over thousands of entries world-wide winning
The People's Choice Award.
*The Maybelles at Governor's Island photo by Sean Wallace